Doctoral cap as cover picture Alumni


stay connected with the IGW
Doctoral cap as cover picture Alumni
Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

We would like to stay in touch with you. Regardless of how long you were a student or staff member at the Institute of Geosciences at Friedrich Schiller University Jena or how long ago this happened.

In the long run, we want to build a network that will enable you to maintain and further develop your connection with the IGW, with students and other graduated persons even after you have finished your studies.

We want to benefit not only from your experiences during your studies, but also from your professional experiences, in order to pass them on to our current students on the one hand (What qualifications and knowledge do companies expect from people with a degree in geosciences? Does your current work environment offer opportunities for internships or theses at home or abroad? ...) and on the other hand to further improve our education, which is as close to practice as possible.

But you will also benefit enormously. You will get to know the new learning methods and news from scientific fields, you will establish contacts to other companies and potential new employees and you can participate in the development of the IGW or return here at any time to take part in events, lectures, exhibitions or alumni meetings.


Geoscience Colloquium

The Geoscientific Colloquium of the Institute for Geosciences of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and the Thuringian State Institute for Environment and Geology is held regularly, always on Thursdays at 16:00 c.t. in the lecture hall at Burgweg 11, 07749 Jena.

Current events

Bio-Geo Colloquium

The Bio-Geo-Colloquium, which is jointly hosted by the Institute of Geosciences, the Institute of Microbiology and the Institute of Ecology, takes place regularly on Tuesdays - at 17:00 c.t. in the lecture hall at Wöllnitzer Straße 7, 07749 Jena.

Mineralogical Collection of the Institute of Geosciences

The Mineralogical Collection presents in Sellierstraße 6 a cross-section of its collection holdings, which are continuously built up and expanded. Besides the regional focus (minerals from the Triassic around Jena) and a systematic collection with worldwide findings with special consideration of Thuringian deposits, a considerable number of meteorites and tektites are shown. The permanent exhibition also includes a UV cabinet. The collection is open Mon. and Thu. from 1 to 5 p.m., Sun. from 1 to 5 p.m. with advance notice and by appointment.

Changing special exhibitions complete the offer.External link

Society for the Promotion of Geosciences Jena e.V.

The Society for the Promotion of the Geosciences Jena e.V.. (GFG e.V.External link), founded in 1999 by former students and teaching staff of the Institute of Geosciences, is a voluntary and non-profit association of supporters and interested parties of the geosciences.

The purpose of the association is

  • Promote basic and applied research in the field of geosciences.
  • To promote education in the geoscientific subjects at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena.

Since 2008, the association has been awarding prizes for qualification work. For example, the best doctoral thesis of each year in the field of geosciences is honored with the faculty award.

Even without becoming a member of the Förderverein, you can stay in touch with us. To be informed about events of the IGW (Barbara celebration, summer festival, Long Night of the Museums, Long Night of the Sciences, conferences, special exhibitions), please also have a look at the pages of the Geosciences Student CouncilExternal link.

Do you have any questions? Or ideas? Would you like to become active yourself or are you looking for contact to your former fellow students and / or teachers? Write to us at

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  • BioGeo Alumni Meeting on June 4, 2016
        Eindrücke vom ersten Alumni-Treffen BioGeo im Juni 2016
    Eindrücke vom ersten Alumni-Treffen BioGeo im Juni 2016
    Image: IGW

    On June 4, 2016, after a long planning phase, the time had finally come: the first BioGeo Alumni Day could take place.

    In bright sunshine, we started with a small excursion. With a group of about 35 people, we went along the old highway route of the A4, past succession study areas of the university, over the hills left in the landscape, and then in search of orchids.

    Here, and also at the later barbecue at the IGW, there were many opportunities for exchange among each other, whether it was about the possibilities of different master's degrees, jobs and internships, or simply about personal exchange among each other. As a student, you got good insights, ideas and advice for further education plans on the way.

  • JenAlumni
    Prof. Dr. Walter Rosenthal
    Prof. Dr. Walter Rosenthal
    Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)

    Dear Alumnae and Alumni of the University of Jena,

    we would like to stay in touch with you - for a lifetime and regardless of how long you have been a student or employee at Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Your knowledge and experience are valuable to us.

    To make it easy for you to always find your way to us, there is the central alumni service of FSU JenAlumni. Meanwhile, more than 11,000 alumni have registered in the JenAlumni network. Depending on discipline, age group and country of origin, the wishes and expectations are naturally different. We try to do justice to this. You should have the feeling that you are still part of your alma mater and that you can return here at any time, whether for alumni meetings, lectures, exhibitions or, for example, to take advantage of the university's sports facilities. For many alumni, the subject matter continues to play a major role. For this reason, a number of alumni initiatives have been founded in recent years that are committed to "their" alumni in very different ways.

    Together with you, we would like to build a bridge between theory and practice. Stay in touch with us!

    With kind regards and best wishes


    Prof. Dr. Walter Rosenthal

    President of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena

    At the moment, registration with JenAlumni is only possible via

    Please send us an email if you want to be part of JenAlumni.